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Reader, John

Overview
Works: 27 works in 220 publications in 9 languages and 11,598 library holdings
Genres: History  Pictorial works  Documentary films  Travelogues (Motion pictures)  Nature films  Drama  Nonfiction films 
Roles: Author
Classifications: DT20, 960
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by John Reader
Africa : a biography of the continent by John Reader( Book )

49 editions published between 1997 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 3,899 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of Africa, following the development of the continent from its earliest manifestations to the late twentieth century; identifying the physical processes which have determined the course of progress; and, where relevant, defining the ecological context in which those processes occurred
Missing links : the hunt for earliest man by John Reader( Book )

32 editions published between 1981 and 1990 in 3 languages and held by 1,314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Man on earth : with photographs by the author by John Reader( Book )

21 editions published between 1988 and 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the impressive adaptability of human societies and affirms the value of human diversity in an age of increasing uniformity
Cities by John Reader( Book )

30 editions published between 2003 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 789 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this book John Reader reveals how cities came to be, what made them thrive, how they declined, and how they remade themselves. He debunks long-held theories and shows that the first cities actually preceded and inspired the growth of farming, that trees grow better in cities, and that even though three thousand years separated Imperial Rome from the Sumerian cities, evidence shows that their everyday lives were similar and had something in common with our lives today. Investigating cities' parasitic relationship with the countryside, the webs of trade, and how they feed and water themselves and dispose of their wastes, Reader proves a marvelous tour guide through these "defining artifacts of civilization.""--Jacket
Missing links : in search of human origins by John Reader( Book )

13 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 722 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

[Publisher-supplied data] This is the story of the search for humanity's origins--from the Middle Ages, when questions of the earth's antiquity first began to arise, through to the latest genetic discoveries that show the interrelatedness of all living creatures. Central to the story is the part played by fossils--first, in establishing the age of the Earth; then, following Darwin, in the pursuit of possible "Missing Links" that would establish whether or not humans and chimpanzees share a common ancestor. John Reader's lifelong passion for this quest--palaeoanthropology--began when he reported on the celebrated "Lucy" finds in Ethiopia, for Life Magazine. Drawing on both historic and recent research, he tells the fascinating story of the science as it has developed from the activities of a few dedicated individuals, into the rigorous multidisciplinary work of today. His arresting photographs give a unique insight into the fossils, the discoverers, and the settings. His vivid narrative reveals both the context in which our ancestors evolved, and also the realities confronting the modern scientist. The story he tells is peopled by eccentrics and enthusiasts, and punctuated by controversy and even fraud. It is a celebration of discoveries--Neanderthal Man in the 1850s, Java Man (1891), Australopithecus (1925), Peking Man (1926), Homo habilis (1964) and beyond. It is a story of fragmentary shards of evidence, and the competing interpretations built upon them. And it is a tale of scientific breakthroughs--dating technology, genetics and molecular biology--that have enabled us to set the fossil evidence in the context of human evolution
Potato : a history of the propitious esculent by John Reader( Book )

14 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 704 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Photojournalist Reader (Africa: A Biography of the Continent) traces the humble potato from its roots in the Peruvian Andes to J.R. Simplot's multibillion-dollar-a-year French fry business. Despite its predilection to disease, the potato is a highly adaptable, high-yield, and nutrient-packed foodstuff. While this title focuses primarily on the potato's presence in South America and Europe, it also touches on Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, and China-currently the world's largest producer and consumer of potatoes. Verdict: Curiously little attention is paid to the tuber's contributions to the culinary and beverage landscape; the UK subtitle of this work, "The Potato in World History," provides a more accurate description of the focus of the text
The rise of life : the first 3--5 billion years by John Reader( Book )

17 editions published between 1986 and 1991 in 7 languages and held by 574 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Text, original paintings, and drawings present a contemporary view of how life developed on Earth
Pyramids of life : illuminations of nature's fearful symmetry by John Reader( Book )

3 editions published between 1976 and 1977 in English and held by 352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kilimanjaro by John Reader( Book )

7 editions published in 1982 in English and Dutch and held by 284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Verslag van een beklimming in 1980 van de hoogste berg van Afrika
Propitious esculent : the potato in world history by John Reader( Book )

8 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Before domestication on the Andean Altiplano, the high alkaloid content of potatoes made them poisonous to humans. But since then, these perfectly formed bundles of nutrition - naturally fat free, consisting mainly of energy-giving carbohydrate, but also containing protein, vitamin C and potassium - have been grown safely and cheaply underground in almost any weather and soil conditions, helping to fuel industrial revolution and population explosions. But their efficiency and versatility have also led to over-reliance and tragedy in the face of disease - most devastatingly during the Irish Great Hunger. John Reader follows the thread of the potato's story through the tapestry of human history, from its origins and evolution to its slightly mysterious arrival in Europe, where it became a crucial part of our gastronomic and social fabric. The UN's International Year of the Potato falls in 2008, and as global population swells, famine remains a constant risk, and environmental sustainability becomes ever more crucial, Reader asks what role the spud still has to play. Propitious Esculent is a readable exploration of the biology, history and social influence of our most humble, adaptable foodstuff
Pyramids of life by Harvey Croze( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pyramids of life : an investigation of nature's fearful symmetry by John Reader( Book )

4 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The untold history of the potato by John Reader( Book )

3 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mount Kenya by John Reader( Book )

2 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Africa : land of the sun by John Reader( Book )

2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gli anelli mancanti by John Reader( Book )

2 editions published in 1983 in Italian and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Together they stand by Simon Trevor( Visual )

2 editions published between 1984 and 1989 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This special tells the story of one of Africa's most appealing and fascinating creatures- the dwarf mongoose. Living in a highly organised and sophisticated society, every group of between 12 and 14 members is a single extended family run by one female. Seeking a safe retreat from their many deadly enemies, they make their homes in termite mounds. Each member of the band has a job. Only the leader has young subordinate females act as baby sitters, whilst others forage for food. Others keep a lookout for predators, or confront attackers like hawks and snakes with incredible daring, skill and courage
Kilimanjaro : to the roof of Africa( Visual )

1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores Mount Kilimanjaro, an ecological wonderland standing on the edge of the Great Rift Valley in East Africa. Looks at its craters, mysterious melting glaciers, a volcano and the distinct ecozones ranging from the plains to the summit, which contain different types of vegetation and wildlife
The potato in world history by John Reader( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Following the thread of the potato's story through the tapestry of human history, from its origins and evolution to its slightly mysterious arrival in Europe, where it became a crucial part of our gastronomic and social fabric, this title provides an exploration of the biology, history and social influence of our most humble, adaptable foodstuff
De stuntvlieger, de goochelaar adelaar( Visual )

1 edition published in 1989 in Dutch and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Video, volledig gewijd aan het leven van Afrika's luchtacrobaat: de goochelaar adelaar
 
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Africa : a biography of the continent
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리더, 존 1937-

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